This week we’re thinking about some of our best book friends! Who are your favorite examples of friends in children’s books? Who’s a book character that you think would make a great friend? Is there a beloved book you consider an old friend?
Ms. Kathy writes:
Chris likes to practice magic with her favorite wizard, Kathy loves being out on the prairie with Kirsten, The warmth of friendship overcomes Anna and Elsa’s “Frozen” world, and Deb sidles up to Pooh and Piglet regularly when Christopher Robin is away.
Ms. Wendy chimes in:
Here I am with one of my favorite books. It no longer has a cover and the pages are turning yellow, but I return to it again and again. I have had Favorite Poems Old and New since I was a girl. It is a big collection of poems divided into chapters: Myself and I, My family and I, Little things that creep and crawl and swim and sometimes fly, From all the world to me, and many more.
All the poems in it are old now, but they are my good friends. Some of them, like “Animal Crackers” by Christopher Morley and “Halfway Down” by A. A. Milne, hold my mother’s voice. She read to my brother, my sister, and me all the time. Others, like “Who Has Seen the Wind” by Christina Rossetti and “This is My Rock” by David McCord are special favorites that I almost know by heart. In this book I met Dorothy Aldis, Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare, Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost.
Children’s literature is rich in poetry. Many contemporary poets have written wonderful works for young people, and the library stocks more recently published collections similar to my old friend. But as you can see from the photo, we have a copy of Favorite Poems Old and New in the library. It even has a jacket and you can check it out! Read it on your own or share it with your children. I hope it will become a friend of yours – one that that inspires laughter and wonder.